During his year as a CUHK-CASBS Fellow, Lianjiang Li will work on a monograph entitled Political Trust in China. The book examines patterns, sources, significance and dynamics of change of trust in government in the People’s Republic of China. It will elaborate on several preliminary findings. First, many people sound confident about the central government while only trust the top echelon of the central leadership or even only the supreme leader. Second, many people sound fully confident about the top leader while only having trust in his commitment to serving the public interest. Third, trust in the top leader’s commitment is a faith in that many people believe that it is in his self-interest as the master of the country to prevent his local agents from driving the people into rebellion. Lastly, younger generations who manage to obtain uncensored information about critical historical events and corruption scandals involving senior leaders are more likely to develop distrust in the central government’s commitment to serving the public interest, which in turn fosters rights consciousness and preference for a more democratic political system.
Li is a professor in the department of government and public administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on rural elections, popular protest and political trust in China.
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